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Randhir Singh

Randhir Singh: Farewell Teacher, Comrade, and Friend by Jyotsna Kapur When my brother called to tell me that that Professor Randhir Singh was no more I wanted, more than anything else, to be in Delhi. I wanted to see him one last time with my own eyes and to hug him. And, I wanted to … Continue reading

Harper Lee

Harper Lee: Writer’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird – which won a Pulitzer prize – was originally a response to the Montgomery bus boycott four years earlier author battled to reconcile racial justice with a racially unjust society Harper Lee: ‘I believe that there is something universal in this little world, something decent to … Continue reading

Yasir Arafat- Why he still matters

Yasser Arafat: why he still matters Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi Thursday 13 November 2014 Hated and venerated in equal measure, Yasser Arafat dominated the Palestinian landscape, and with it, much of the Middle East’s political map for almost five decades. His death 10 years ago, besieged and in miserable isolation, marked the beginning … Continue reading

Gabriel Garcia Marques

Published on Saturday, April 19, 2014 by Inter Press Service Gabriel García Márquez: The Story-Teller of the Country of the War Without End by Diana Cariboni Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014).The first time I read Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was when I was proofreading the galleys of “The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor”, which the Editorial … Continue reading

Nelson Mandela– The Contradictions of his Life and Legacy

Nelson Mandela – The Contradictions Of His Life And Legacies By Anthony Monteiro Global Research, December 11, 2013 Nelson Mandela is dead. Thus ends an epoch in the revolutionary history of the South African people. The generation which included Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Olver Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Govan Mbeki, Ahmad Karthdra Dennis Goldberg and others assumed … Continue reading

Chilean Coup: 40 years ago I watched Pinochet crush a Democratic Dream

  Chilean coup: 40 years ago I watched Pinochet crush a democratic dream  Hugh O’Shaughnessy    The Observer, Saturday 7 September 2013 Few foreign reporters were left in Santiago on the spring morning of Tuesday 11 September 1973 when Augusto Pinochet, head of the army, was pulling off his trick. The previous Saturday he had … Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher: the lady and the land she leaves behind

  Margaret Thatcher: the lady and the land she leaves behind   Her legacy is public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed that together shackle the human spirit   Editorial     The Guardian, Monday 8 April 2013 18.35 BST Whether you were for her or against her, Margaret Thatcher set the agenda for … Continue reading

How the Tiger got his saffron stripes

How the tiger got his saffron stripes By Kumar Ketkar Editor, Dainik Divya Marathi   I met Balasaheb Thackeray nearly 50 years ago in his modest ground floor flat at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. In today’s parlance, it could have been described as a “one BHK” apartment. But in those days, it was merely … Continue reading

On Intellectuals and their duties in the 21st Century

On Intellectuals and Their Duties in the 21st Century By Devon DB Global Research, September 05, 2012   “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies.” ~Noam Chomsky [1] Intellectuals have always played a major role in society, from the philosophers of old such Plato and Aristotle who articulated … Continue reading

Some Memories of Paul Baran and Pauk Sweezy

Some Memories of Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy by Doug Dowd   In 1949, Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman created Monthly Review.  In the same year, Paul Baran and I began to teach in the San Francisco Bay Area: Baran at Stanford, myself at UC Berkeley.  As the years unfolded, we worked together politically in … Continue reading